42. NAR Golden Coach

42 - golden coach


Northern Alberta Historical and Railway Museum

This Pullman coach was constructed in 1913 and was purchased by the Northern Alberta Railways sometime during the 1920s. Rail travel afforded a huge advantage to people looking to “come in” or “go out” from the isolated Peace Country. While the schedule was not always reliable, it usually shortened the travel time from places, such as Peace River to Edmonton, by days. A single trip could be made in 18 hours. Service to Edmonton often had an overnight component and sleeper cars were common. Drawing Room cars such as this one provided an opportunity to relax in style on the journey to Edmonton. It measures 73 feet 5 inches long. Its final trip was as a passenger coach celebrating the Golden Anniversary of Service for the NAR.